Printmaking

Colour Blocks : monotypes (2020) 

Colour Block I
Colour Block I

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Colour Blocks II
Colour Blocks II

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Colour Block III
Colour Block III

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Colour Block IV
Colour Block IV

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Colour Block V
Colour Block V

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Colour Block VI
Colour Block VI

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Here I'm looking at raw earth colours again to see if I can create a shift pattern. I particularly like the texture of the ink on paper which is a result of trial and many-errors on the Massey printing press I was getting to know.

Permutations and Combinations : risograph (2019) 

Permutations & Combinations
Permutations & Combinations

Risograph, 4 layers Suzy Costello

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Permutations & Combinations no.2
Permutations & Combinations no.2

Suzy Costello Risograph, 4 layers

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Permutations and Combinations no8
Permutations and Combinations no8

Suzy Costello Risograph, 4 layers

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Permutations and Combinations no7
Permutations and Combinations no7

Suzy Costello Risograph, 4 layers

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Permutations and Combinations no5
Permutations and Combinations no5

Suzy Costello Risograph, 4 layers

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Permutations & Combinations no.4
Permutations & Combinations no.4

Suzy Costello Risograph, 4 layers

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During the Print Book course at Massey we made zines, small magazines for mass distribution. They have a fascinating folding pattern that divides the A4 page into 8 sections which are then folded to create the book-like structure.

 

Using four zine books, I drew different connecting lines flowing through each. I then unfolded the paper, and using the risograph machine (which has to be the quickest way to create multiple prints ever), printed each book layer a different colour onto one paper. I played around with the layering patterns to create multiple permutations and combinations.  They are a little bit of a mind shift and the smudges are caused by the risograph drum picking up drawing marks on the folds of the zine book which I have chosen to retain.

Yellow and White Series : monoprint (2018)

Yellow and White I
Yellow and White I

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Yellow and White II
Yellow and White II

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Yellow and White III
Yellow and White III

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Maintaining the same ratio of white and yellow in each print it is interesting how different each work is. 

Series of Lines with Circles, Squares and Triangles : screenprints (2018)

No 1 Lines with Circles
No 1 Lines with Circles

Screenprint Suzy Costello

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No 1 Lines with Squares
No 1 Lines with Squares

Screenprint Suzy Costello

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No 1 Lines with Triangles
No 1 Lines with Triangles

Screenprint Suzy Costello

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Screenprint by Suzy Costello
Screenprint by Suzy Costello

No 2 Horizontal Lines with Circles, Squares and Triangles

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Sceenprint by Suzy Costello
Sceenprint by Suzy Costello

No.1 Vertical Lines with Circles, Squares Suzy Costello

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Screenprint by Suzy Costello
Screenprint by Suzy Costello

No.2 Vertical Lines with Circles, Squares Suzy Costello

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These screenprints are in response to Gordon Walters' iconic Koru series.  His "lines with circles" are extended into lines with squares and triangles and the shapes placed above and below the line.  Walters' figure/ground shift is continued both vertically and horizontally and an additional shifting of the sign is introduced.

Raw Earth Series : monoprint, screenprint and collograph (2018)

Red Oxide Rectangle 1
Red Oxide Rectangle 1

Monoprint with akua ink Suzy Costello

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Red Oxide Grid 10x10
Red Oxide Grid 10x10

Monoprint with Akua Ink Suzy Costello

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Red Oxide Grid 6x6
Red Oxide Grid 6x6

Monoprint using Akua Ink Suzy Costello

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Raw Earth #4
Raw Earth #4

Monoprint, screenprint and collagraphy Suzy Costello

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Raw Earth #5
Raw Earth #5

Monoprint, screenprint and collagraphy Suzy Costello

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Raw Earth 1
Raw Earth 1

Monoprint with akua ink Suzy Costello

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Raw Earth 1st ghost print
Raw Earth 1st ghost print

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Raw Earth 2nd ghost print
Raw Earth 2nd ghost print

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Red Oxide Drip
Red Oxide Drip

Monoprint with akua ink Suzy Costello

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The Advanced Diploma at The Learning Connexion encourages exploration of materiality and process.  Here are some examples investigating raw earth pigments and how far the pigments can be pushed and distorted.

Process Art Series : monoprints (2017)

Process Art 6
Process Art 6

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Process Art 1
Process Art 1

Suzy Costello Monoprint

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Process Art 2
Process Art 2

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Process Art 4
Process Art 4

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Process Art 5
Process Art 5

Suzy Costello Monoprint

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Process Art 3
Process Art 3

Monoprint Suzy Costello

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Breaking away from clean, tidy and colourful, these black and white prints are my first investigations into process art - an art movement that emphasizes the “process” of making art (rather than any predetermined composition or plan) and the concepts of change and transience.

Coloured Block Series : monoprints using Akua inks (2017)

Coloured Blocks
Coloured Blocks

Yellow and Blue no.1 Suzy Costello

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Coloured Block Series
Coloured Block Series

Red and Yellow no.1 Suzy Costello

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Coloured Block Series
Coloured Block Series

Blue and Red no.1 Suzy Costello

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Coloured Block Series
Coloured Block Series

Yellow and Blue no.2 Suzy Costello

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Coloured Block Series
Coloured Block Series

Red and Yellow no.2 Suzy Costello

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Coloured Block Series
Coloured Block Series

Blue and Red no.2 Suzy Costello

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Coloured Block Series
Coloured Block Series

Yellow and Blue no.3 Suzy Costello

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Coloured Block Series
Coloured Block Series

Red and Yellow no.3 Suzy Costello

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Coloured Block Series
Coloured Block Series

Blue and Red no.3 Suzy Costello

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This series celebrates colour mixing.  No matter how many times I mix primary colours it is always a delight to discover the shades of secondary colours that appear.  The Akua inks used have a wonderful intensity of pigment.

Japanese Lithography Series : 4 colour polyester plate (2017)

Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Old Emperial Garden, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Old Emperial Garden, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Shosei-en Garden, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Kurama-dera Mountain Temple, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Kenrokuen Gardens in Kanazawa-en, Ishikawa Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Tearooms in Kenrokuen Gardens, Kanazawa-en, Ishkawa Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Street scene in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Inuyama-en on the Kiso river, Aichi Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Japanese Lithography Series
Japanese Lithography Series

Inuyama-en, Aichi Prefecture Print by Suzy Costello

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Ten years on from a trip to Japan, I thought it would be nice to present my husband with a book of images from his holiday photographs.  Using 4-colour polyester plate lithography, Flint oil inks, Japanese silk Kozo paper and help from TLC tutor, Marci Tackett, it is completed and compiled in the Japanese bookbinding technique....phew!

Hutt River Series in the style of Japanese Ukiyo-e (2016)

Suzy Costello printmaking
Suzy Costello printmaking

Pencarrow Heads from Hutt River series, drypoint and monoprint

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Suzy Costello printmaking
Suzy Costello printmaking

Point Howard Wharf from Hutt River series, drypoint and monoprint

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Suzy Costello printmaking
Suzy Costello printmaking

Seaview Mariner from Hutt River series, drypoint and monoprint

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Suzy Costello printmaking
Suzy Costello printmaking

Wainuiomata Hill from Hutt River series, drypoint and monoprint

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Suzy Costello printmaking
Suzy Costello printmaking

Hutt River from Hutt River series, drypoint and monoprint

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Suzy Costello printmaking
Suzy Costello printmaking

Poets Corners from Hutt River series, drypoint and monoprint

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As a child I was drawn into the world of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. They seemed to hold an immediacy, as if you could stand beside the artist and experience being in the landscape. The colours and treatment of fore, mid and background also captivated me. When starting at The Learning Connexion I stumbled upon the printmaking department and was hooked.

 

This is the beginning of my attempt to describe the Hutt River as it runs from Kaitoke into Wellington Harbour, New Zealand. Medium is monoprints and drypoint on Fabriano paper and Akua inks.

Saluting the Sun : screenprints on fabric (2016)

Sun Salute Series
Sun Salute Series

Suzy Costello, screenprint Sun Salute #1

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Sun Salute Series
Sun Salute Series

Suzy Costello, screenprint Sun Salute #7

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Sun Salute Series
Sun Salute Series

Suzy Costello, screenprint Sun Salute #2

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Sun Salute Series
Sun Salute Series

Suzy Costello, screenprint Sun Salute #4

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Sun Salute Series
Sun Salute Series

Suzy Costello, Sun Salute Cross #3

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Sun Salute Series
Sun Salute Series

Suzy Costello, screenprint Sun Salute Cross #2

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These screenprints celebrate Our Sun; a pretty central figure in all our lives.  Images of the sun's magnetic field and solar flares have been used with the help of photo emulsion. Printed on 100% cotton fabric.

Screenprints of Sculptures (2015)

Fertility Goddess Aotearoa no.1
Fertility Goddess Aotearoa no.1

Screenprint by Suzy Costello

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Fertility Goddess Aotearoa no.2
Fertility Goddess Aotearoa no.2

Screenprint by Suzy Costello

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Male and Female Torso no.1
Male and Female Torso no.1

Screenprint by Suzy Costello

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Male and Female Torso no.2
Male and Female Torso no.2

Screenprint by Suzy Costello

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Pīwakawaka (Fantail) no.1
Pīwakawaka (Fantail) no.1

Screenprint by Suzy Costello

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Pīwakawaka (Fantail) no.2
Pīwakawaka (Fantail) no.2

Screenprint by Suzy Costello

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These simple screenprints are the beginning of my printmaking journey, started under the wonderful guidance of Marci and Basia while at The Learning Connexion - I was captivated by this medium. These are representations of some of my early bronze sculptures.

Portraiture drawings : pencil and crayon on paper (2016)

Pieta
Pieta

Pencil drawing Suzy Costello

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Portraiture
Portraiture

Suzy Costello charcoal on black paper

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Portraiture
Portraiture

Suzy Costello White crayon on black paper

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While not prints I thought you might like some good old-fashioned drawings.